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The mood in the office yesterday was sour, with people being sad and disappointed at the results of the first phase of the “constitutional referendum”, which was passed by 56 per cent, amidst reports of the worst case of voter fraud in the history of post-revolution Egyptian elections. Those angry and depressed eyes of my …

Mahmoud Salem

Referendum 19 March 2011, Suez Omar El Adl

Leaving a mark

Voters wipe their fingers on the walls to get rid of the excess of ink on their fingers that indicates they have voted

Fady Salah

Review: The referendum and then what?

Egyptians are at the edge of their seat to know the results of Saturday’s constitutional referendum. Columnists wonder how Egyptians will behave in the coming months, taking punts on what comes next.   What next? Hassan Nafaa Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper Nafaa asks what will come after the constitutional referendum. Regardless of the result, the writer …

Fady Salah

Democracy and the Egyptian experiment

Us Egyptians are proud and our honour reigns supreme. It doesn’t matter if you’re a wealthy businessman or a destitute employee, an illiterate farmer or an erudite scholar, a petty thief or an upright gentleman, a teenager or a grandparent, Muslim or Coptic, this particular susceptibility prevails among all Egyptians. It is part of our …

Fady Salah

The referendum of shame

It is finally here, the big event the Muslim Brotherhood has been eagerly waiting for. The constitutional referendum is finally taking place as this column is being written. There is no question that this referendum is indeed a historic moment that will be remembered. However, while I confess to the referendum being a historic event, …

Fady Salah

Review: Columnists weigh in on referendum

As Egyptians lined up to cast their vote on the constitution Saturday, columnists were divided. Although some argued that voting for the constitution would lead to more stability and would grant citizens more state support, the majority considered the constitution and the referendum unsatisfactory.   Mohamed Amin Do you want to go to heaven? Al-Masry …

Fady Salah